Originally Posted by TourPlayer
Here's the scoop ...
1. Bubba's 9 iron loft (approx 42.5 degrees ) is like yesteryear's 7 iron (42 degrees). Sweeping the ball at impact at the same effective loft (42.5) with a very good average male clubhead swing speed would carry the ball in the air approximately 150 yards. Bubba exceeds that with 2 thru 4.
2. Bubba further delofts his irons at impact due to the steepnest of his swing arc changing actual impact loft somewhere between a 6 to 5 iron.
3. Bubba is 6'-3" with an above average male swing arc and with very above average clubhead speed also adding additional distance over the "average" very good to excellent male player ... every 1 mph increase in clubhead speed adds approx. 3+ yards.
4. Finally, Bubba has strong and very fast hands / wrist release assisting in building very above average clubhead speed at bam - impact! Keep in mind, the ball is only on the clubface for 6 to 8 ten-thousanths of a second.
5. All the above combine makes Bubba one of the longest players on tour and pounds the pill a country mile ............ o
Bottomline, play within yourself and your own yardages. Remember, it's not how 'far'; it's how 'many' at scoring time.
Fairways and 'middle' of the greens plus ...
42.5 sounds about right
usually 4 irons start around 21-23 degrees, 5-6 irons are usually 3 degrees of seperation, then 4 degrees from that.
So something like, 21, 24, 27, 31, 35, 39, 43
or something like, 23, 27, 30, 34, 38, 42, 46
He's close to what clubs are being sold in stores now. Its the trend that started over the past decade and a half, going with stronger clubs, but using golf shafts and clubhead to get lift. Which will create more distance.
Every good player will create an effective loft lower than the listed loft. Especially when you consider angle of attack.
What gets distance, one natural ability, flexibility is the main key. Second is maximizing contact. There's no secret to distance. Its also no secret that the top players out there in distance are all above 6' tall. Height allows for a ton of leverage. Rory, maybe the exception has crazy hip rotation speed.